Clayton Steininger (Music Industry Special Edition)

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If you would love to know more about

Clayton Steininger

The Business is called Steininger Guitar & Music

The Website http://steiningermusic.com/

Carlos & Alejandra

Clayton’s World of Music

Within the World of Music, every artist has a story, Every artist has a direction. But for Clayton, the world of creativity is most likely a musical direction.

Music evolves our sense of passion within every duration life can give. Some elements would include a guitar, a piano, cultures, musical notes, and so much more.

The opportunity to meet Clayton was an amazing experience I will never forget, and I was so inspired by his story, his experience, and his culture. He showed me a world that I didn’t think could exist, but he gave me a sense of passion to always believe in my dreams.

So one day, I decided to contact Clayton and book an interview for my blog. I was nervous, it was my first opportunity to work on a piece within the Music Industry. I wanted to make a blog that was designed for Clayton as a free version of an article. I decided not to charge, that experience was worth every cent.

So, I called Clayton within that evening, and I was a bit nervous to respond. Clayton pick up the phone, and we started chatting about the interview. I started to babble a bit about my company. Clayton made the conversation easy; he asks me question’s and gave me a bit of helpful insight. He’s a total expert upon the style of communication and business.

So as we started to talk, I felt more comfortable explaining my purpose upon calling, and my business idea. Clayton understood and gave me the opportunity to interview him for an article within my blog.

Since the studio was at Clayton’s house, I decided to bring a friend who is creative as well. She loves the experience and everything about it.

That evening we met Clayton at his house, and his business was amazing upon the culture of music. He had everything set up and within a specific structure. Within that time frame, he was giving a student a piano lesson. So I and my friend decided to wait in the living room.

Across the room, I notice a guitar and a beautiful painting. Within my mind, Clayton had a fascination with the Spanish culture and wanted to portray that effect within his business.

Clayton was an amazing person and filled with a spontaneous personality. He was warm and welcoming. His life was structured upon style, organization, and creativity.

When he finishes with the student, Clayton invited us into his studio, and I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing. Some items would include a piano, music books, paintings, a loop sampler, and a recording device. Clayton had everything he needed to embrace a world of music within Spanish culture. He even had the book that caught my attention, the school I dreamed about for years. Clayton had a book named Berklee College of Music (but that topic will evolve later within the story).

Within the studio, Clayton decides to talk a bit about his music and how he transforms the knowledge within a device and an instrument. He taught me the process of teaching upon music, he taught me the techniques and strategies he uses while working with the kids.

He had so much knowledge as a musician and a guitarist. I was driven upon wanting to know more. He decides to play his guitar and jam to the music. He knows how to play the rhythmic notes and timing of the music. I and my friend were out blown, I felt as if I was at an actual concert hearing the band “KISS”. Clayton’s style would most likely include Jazz Rock Funk Fusion.

The man knew how to give a good show, he knew how to expand his creative knowledge upon a whole new level of desire and entertainment.

While conducting the interview, Clayton talks about the process of teaching his students within the style of music.

Within teaching, Clayton would use an instrument and device to match up the notes when teaching a student how to play music.

He used a technique called repetition, a step by step process when teaching music. The phrase “Repetition” is where sounds and sequences within sheet music are repeated within the notes.

For Example

“Playing a piano piece and practicing the notes as you play”

You must practice over and over until the music is matched up against the sheet of music.

Another technique he uses is a method known as a “Musical Phrase” where a combination of notes is formed within the melodies.

For Example

“Structure of Music upon sounds and rhythm within the notes”

Weak or Strong feel within the notes and its form.

As we were jamming to the music, I mentioned to Clayton about my memory loss and how I needed a recorder as to remember what the person says. Clayton understood and told me that a lot of people struggle with memory loss. He told me that it takes time within music and that you just have to practice as to learn the notes.

Within that moment, Clayton mentioned the movie “The Matrix”, and how it shows a fine example within the music. I was confused but decided to listen to Clayton’s theory.

He used the movie “The Matrix” to combine music and technology. It was fascinating and a great insight upon teaching.

Within teaching, he uses a level base structure depending on the student’s experience. Some structures would include beginners, intermediate, or advance. He would choose a piece of music that would fit their expectations and style.

Within the studio, Clayton has a line of equipment set up and wanted to show me its functions. Some devices would include the loop sampler, the guitar, and other devices. He showed me the loop sampler which helps him listen to the notes, and even freeze the music when teaching.

A “Loop Sampler” is a sample of a sound recording in another recording. Samples may include areas such as Rhythm, Melody, and even Speech within the music.

Within a Loop Sampler, Clayton freezes the notes as to follow along when playing. He knows how to play the notes while listening to the correct melody, and ear training.

Within the skill such as “Ear Training,” it’s basically a way of giving musicians the opportunity to identify notes as a method of hearing pitches, intervals, melody, chords, rhythms, and other basic elements within the music.

It was an amazing experience within the World of Clayton and his music. He brought a sense of passion and entertainment upon the culture.

After the studio, Clayton decides to bring us into his recording studio as to continue the interview. He explains more about his devices, and what he does upon services. It’s amazing what this guy can do.

During the interview, Clayton decides to tell us a bit about his life, and how he transformed into an artist. He had a long story, but I was eager to listen and experience his world. My friend loved the experience and she was impressed by his interpretation of music.

Clay Life Story

Claytons life story began when he was 7 years old, he started taking piano classes and studying the elements within it.

He works hard and joined bands in high school throughout the years, some bands would include Yetti Express, Zeek Martin and others.

In 1996, he attends the University of MN Twin Cities (majoring in philosophy and minoring in World Religion) with a GPA of 3.3

In 1998, he attended Berklee College of Music and only completed 3 semesters. Within that time frame, he hurt his hand and decided to leave school. He spent 6 years out of music, but even though he experiences that situation. Clayton kept fighting for better opportunities.

That’s when he decided to start teaching and got a job in 1998 as a substitute teacher at Cambridge Public School.

He taught full time at Central Catholic High School from 1998 to 2004. He taught courses such as theology, philosophy, history, and bands.

After leaving Central Catholic High School, Clayton decided to open his own business.

In 2004, he opened his own private music school called Steininger Guitar & Music. While teaching part-time at the Guitar Garage.

Another opportunity, Clayton gained was working as a tutor for one year with Varsity Tutor as to teach Spanish, history, and English. He taught for one year as to work with the website LiveMusicTeacher.com as an online music teacher

He works with Spanish music groups and went on tour within Latin America`s countries.

Some of his recognition would include

2002, he got awarded “Who’s, Who of America’s Teacher”

2003, he got awarded “Who’s Who of America’s Teacher”

Experience & Culture

Opportunity’s

Within Claytons lifetime, he surrounded himself with opportunities that would change his life.

Some opportunities would include working as a lead guitarist and band director for an international recording artist that scored number one hits upon the Latin Tropical Billboard charts. This would include concert tours, domestic and international.

Some artist would include Carlos & Alejandra with a hit song such as Cafecito, and Cuanto Duele.

Clayton and a group of artists collaborated upon the Cuanto Duele. Clayton did the guitar arrangement.

Clayton use to work with Dominic Martin, but no longer works with him. He was the guitar player and band director. Clayton owns and operates an independent record label (Crixillion Records) as well as recording studios which serves Spanish language clients.

He managed a commercial recording artist.

He speaks Spanish and works in a multi-cultural environment.

He studies a high language proficiency

Within his career, Clayton has earned a lot of opportunities as an artist and musician.

Upon Culture

As a musician, Clayton was in love with the Spanish culture and made it his purpose for it to be part of his life. It all started with a beautiful lady and a culture upon Spanish clubs. He met a Dominican woman and fell in love. He started learning Spanish, music, and the environment within Latin groups.

That’s when he went to clubs and booked gigs. He would travel from his house to Boston nonstop as to book gigs with a local artist.

His fascination was being in love with the beauty and what the world would provide inspiration.

Interest & Favorites

Within the recording studio, Clayton had a couple of pictured hanged on his wall. He had the symbolic sign of the famous artist “Prince”. He had the artwork of the artist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

He admired people such as Jimi Hendrix and Beethoven. He admires people who teach in music and people who work hard.

A tragic story

Stevie Ray Vaughan was a musician and died at the age of 35. Clayton met him and knew him only 2 days before he died in a helicopter crash.

Humor

During the interview process, Clayton was a funny and entertaining person. He knew how to be funny and fill the room with joy. He had jokes and funny stories that were too hilarious. But it was a great experience to interview an amazing artist.

Claytons Personality, Experience, & Business

  • Professional Musician
  • Experience Guitarist & Recording Artist
  • Fun and Entertaining
  • Worked with artist and famous group
  • An amazing and adventurous life story upon music
  • An amazing teacher

Sharing Interest

The greatest part about the interview was sharing interest upon the music. I was memorized and fascinated with the experience upon his life. I was inspired and felt connected upon the music. The best part about the interview was showing him my talent by allowing Clayton to hear my singing. He gave me some great tips and insight on how to evolve as an artist.

Viewing somebody’s world within the industry and being able to book an interview with a man who had experience working with celebrities. He truly defines the top leader within the world of music upon his brand.

The Interview

  1. What is your story as an artist and a musician?

Berklee College of Music (3 semesters) & Hurt hand and out of music for 6 years.

Piano (7 years of age)

Played in Bands in High School

2004 Central Catholic, started teaching and a musician

Learned the guitar and piano

Worked with Artist

  1. What is your music background?

Claytons life story began when he was 7 years old, he started taking piano classes and studying the elements within it.

He works hard and joined bands in high school throughout the years, some bands would include Yetti Express, Zeek Martin and others.

In 1996, he attended the University of MN Twin Cities (majoring in philosophy and minoring in World Religion) with a GPA of 3.3

In 1998, he attended Berklee College of Music and only completed 3 semesters. Within that time frame, he hurt his hand and decided to leave school. He spent 6 years out of music, but even though he experiences that situation. Clayton kept fighting for better opportunities.

That’s when he decided to start teaching and got a job in 1998 as a substitute teacher at Cambridge Public School.

He taught full time at Central Catholic High School from 1998 to 2004. He taught courses such as theology, philosophy, history, and bands.

After leaving Central Catholic High School, Clayton decided to open his own business.

In 2004, he opened his own private music school called Steininger Guitar & Music. While teaching part-time at the Guitar Garage.

Another opportunity, Clayton gained was working as a tutor for one year with Varsity Tutor as to teach Spanish, history, and English. He taught for one year as to work with the website LiveMusicTeacher.com as an online music teacher

He works with Spanish music groups and went on tour within Latin America`s countries.

Some of his recognition would include

2002, he got awarded “Who’s, Who of America’s Teacher”

2003, he got awarded “Who’s Who of America’s Teacher”

  1. What is the greatest impact that has changed you as an artist?

Lover of beauty within inspiration and the Spanish culture

  1. Why did you start your own business and what is your mission?

Lover of music

Tough Industry

Connecting with artist and making peoples dreams come true.

Played in Rome, Maples, Spain, Switzerland, Argentina

  1. What are the key lessons in music?

Repetition

  1. What is your education background and how did it develop you as an artist?

In 1996, he attended the University of MN Twin Cities (majoring in philosophy and minoring in World Religion) with a GPA of 3.3

In 1998, he attended Berklee College of Music and only completed 3 semesters.

  1. Tell me about your experience while working with clients?

Connecting with clients

  1. What inspired you within the road of music and what item did you have as a tool to keep you motivated?

Everything

  1. What advice would you give to an artist or somebody who’s working hard towards the dream?

Work Hard

Teacher, find people who will benefit and be honest

  1. Who is your role model and how did they influence you to follow your passion?

Admire people who work hard

Teacher in music

Jimi Hendrix

Prince (Purple)

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Beethoven

If you would love to know more about

Clayton Steininger

The Business is called Steininger Guitar & Music

The Website http://steiningermusic.com/

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